Stephen M. Ater is a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer since 1977. He was born in Decatur, IL and is a 1976 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service. He returned from college to work at Ater Memorial Homes in Blue Mound, Macon and Decatur, his family funeral business, and later moved to Urbana to be with Renner-Wikoff Chapel in 1985.
Stephen is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association and Illinois Funeral Ethics Association and is a Certified Crematory Operator. He regularly attends continuing education courses that relate to the funeral profession and has gained valuable experience as a funeral professional. He has assisted people from many diverse religious and cultural beliefs in the planning of all aspects of the funeral process. His experience includes counseling in planning of traditional services, Celebration of Life services as well as cremation options. He is also involved in pre-planning services.
Matt Schable graduated from Atwood-Hammond High School in 1991. He attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL and graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Mortuary Science in 1994. He became a Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer in 1995 and after working for several area funeral homes, he began working at Renner-Wikoff Chapel in 1997. Matt lives in Mahomet with his wife, Tina and their seven children.
Matt is also a Certified Cremationist, Illinois licensed insurance producer and pre-need counselor.
“I enjoy working with people and find it especially gratifying when I have made the entire death experience easier for families. Helping someone through, quite possibly, the most difficult time of their life is something that can be difficult, but rewarding. When a family member approaches me, after the funeral or memorial service, and says, 'Thank you. You made this so much easier on our family.' I cannot think of any other profession I would want to have.”
Stephanie Gabel graduated from Monticello High School in 2001. She attended Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois, and graduated with an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 2009. She began as an intern at Renner-Wikoff Chapel in July of 2009, and is currently an Illinois licensed funeral director/embalmer, Certified Cremationist and Illinois licensed insurance producer.
Shelly Dugan attended Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Mortuary Science. She began as an intern at Renner-Wikoff Chapel in July of 2012 and in the spring of 2014 became a fully licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer at Renner-Wikoff Chapel.
She became an Illinois licensed insurance producer in July of 2015, and became a certified cremationist in August of 2016.
Shelly has three children and lives in Urbana.
“I knew from a young age that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I find that helping families through the grieving process is very rewarding. “